Val di Fossa weather and snow conditions

Val di Fossa weather and snow conditions

The ski season in the Dolomites sees powdery snow and warm, sunny slopes most of the time, although the altitude means changes in the weather occur very quickly. In these mountain ranges, storms, high winds and generally poor weather conditions arrive from the south, with clear, warm and sunny breaks coming from the north. Snowfalls startaround the beginning of December, continuing until at least the end of March, extending in some years well into April. There are year-round falls on the heights and on the glaciers winding across the peaks, with March, the peak season in the resort, averaging around 110cms.

One reason for the warmer climate in the Dolomites is the high peaks’ blocking of freezing winter air heading south from Russia’s Siberian steppes and northern Europe, keeping it on the northern side of the mountain ranges and allowing the kinder southern weather to prevail. Temperature inversion caused by high pressure troughs from the south applies here; causing valley temperatures to drop well below freezing, while on the higher slopes warm air and sunshine take over. Occasional high, cold winds can spoil the day’s skiing, creating havoc with new snow.